WILL YOU STILL LOVE IT TO­MOR­ROW?

Learn to pre­dict which trends will pass so you end up with home decor that’s to­tally fab­u­lous rather than a faded fad

Noosa Life and Style - - HOME & LIFESTYLE - NEALE WHITAKER

When re­dec­o­rat­ing your home, it’s dif­fi­cult to strike the bal­ance be­tween ex­press­ing your per­son­al­ity and not risk­ing hav­ing dated decor in years to come. My ad­vice is to al­ways ig­nore what’s on trend. Peo­ple set way too much store on trends and feel that their home has to some­how be ‘on trend’ – it doesn’t. Your home is your home, it’s about you and the things you love.

PRE­DICT THE PASS­ING TRENDS

There’s no hard or fast rule to dodge these, but fads do tend to take off quickly. A per­fect ex­am­ple is a Moroc­can-style rug, which I hap­pen to love and didn’t know when I bought my an­tique rug that these rugs were go­ing to be­come ubiq­ui­tous. If you love some­thing to­day, it’s hard to know if you’ll love it in five years, but for me the test is if it’s su­per, su­per trendy right now, then it might not be so for­ever.

UP­DATE OLD FUR­NI­TURE

If you do have a big-ticket piece which you bought years ago and it’s now dated con­sid­er­ably – like a sofa – there are ways of up­dat­ing this. If it’s a good-qual­ity lounge suite that still func­tions, the ob­vi­ous so­lu­tion is to have it re­uphol­stered in a neu­tral tone to bring it into this decade. If you can’t af­ford that, you can change the look and feel with new cush­ions.

IN­VEST IN A CLAS­SIC COLOUR PAL­ETTE

When it comes to dec­o­rat­ing your walls, I would ad­vise peo­ple look­ing to keep their homes time­less to opt for paint over wall­pa­per, as wall­pa­per is more costly to put up and re­place. If you want to in­tro­duce colour, I sug­gest us­ing ac­ces­sories – lamps, cush­ions and rugs – rather than paint­ing the walls.

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